Here at Sandarac we have always supported the left-handed player - with one director, three sales assistants at one time, and a luthier all being left-handed, how could we not? There have always been one or two in stock with the option of getting any of our instruments made at no extra cost. In 2013 all that changed. Timed to coincide with the 21st anniversary of International Left-Handers’ Day, we launched Southpaw Central; a collection of European, luthier-made, hand-crafted guitars dedicated to the left-hander. A collection which we are reliably informed is the largest of its type. And we will still make to order at no extra cost.
The collection currently stands at eight guitars covering acoustic, classical, and gypsy genres and including one Connoisseur. At the entry level we have the Palermo guitars from Lugnås, with top grade European spruce tops and solid mahogany back and sides, these represent good value at under £450. With open grain satin finish that will mellow over the years, these instruments are a great, cost-effective, starting point for the left-handed improver.
For those looking for something a bit more eye-catching we have a pair of stunning Swedish blondes, acoustic and classical, called Tarragona. Striking solid European maple back and sides contrast with blackwood bindings and a top grade European top to bring you an instrument that plays as brightly as it looks.
If it is tradition that appeals to you then look no further than the Cremona instruments. Silky, satin-finished, open-grained solid Indian Rosewood combines with top-grade European spruce top to give you rich deep tones and balance across the range for under four figures.
We continue to keep a Gaucher from Maurice Dupont in stock; a classic French Petite Bouche gypsy guitar from the luthier par excellence of gypsy guitars – himself a left-hander. Made from sapele wood with Dupont’s classic French polished finish, this is the entry-level gypsy guitar for left-handers allowing you to recreate the distinctive sound of gypsy legend Django Reinhardt. And, should you want to hook up to an iconic Stimer amp, we can also provide you with an authentic Stimer Gaucher pickup.
Finally, we round off our collection with a Connoisseur from Irish master-craftsman John Catherwood; to date his only left-handed instrument. The Ciotógach remains true to the Catherwood ethos of using Irish-grown trees felled only due to age or safety that are then topped with finest AAA grade spruce. Concert-sized with a tight waist this instrument delivers punchy bass, substantial mid-range, and great over-tones using woods not usually associated with guitar bodies. A hand-crafted masterpiece costing less than some well-known mass-produced ‘names’.